Rosalyn joined me for a two-day ancestral tour of Fife & Angus. As well as being interested in her Scottish ancestry, Rosalyn is a huge Outlander fan.
Day one began by visiting Midhope Castle, commonly known to Outlander fans as Lallybroch, Jamie Fraser’s family home. In Falkland we visited The Covenanter Hotel where Claire & Frank were staying in Inverness (filmed in Falkland) when she visits and then disappears at Craigh na Dun.
Rosalyn was thrilled to have morning coffee and delicious homemade cake in The Covenanter Hotel while chatting to the waitress, Grace, who met many of the Outlander stars during filming at the hotel.
Leaving Falkland we next visited places associated with Rosalyn’s Rollo & Gowans ancestors at Glenduckie, Flisk, Dunbog & Balmerino in Fife and Letham in Angus. Unfortunately we were unable to find any family headstones, however Rosalyn was delighted to have visited the places where her ancestors had once lived, the churches where they worshipped and churchyards where they now rest.
Day two began by visiting Tibbermore Parish Church in Perthshire. Outlander fans will recognise the church as the setting of the court where Claire & Gelleis Duncan were put on trial for witchcraft (the village scenes were filmed in Culross).
Rosalyn’s maiden name was Rollo, she was therefore interested to learn more about the area where her family name originated in Scotland. We visited the village of Dunning which has been associated with the Rollo family for generations. At St. Serf’s Church in the village we met Paul from Historic Scotland who gave us a guided tour of the church plus a fascinating history of the Rollo family in the area. Unfortunately torrential rain prevented us from touring the churchyard.
Nearby we had wonderful lunch of homemade potato & leek soup (perfect on a dreich day) followed by delicious cake at Broadslap Fruit Farm Café.
Our final visit was to Doune Castle. The castle was built in the late 14th century by the Duke of Albany, Regent of Scotland. The castle is the setting for Castle Leoch, stronghold of clan MacKenzie, in Outlander. Ivanhoe & Monty Python and the Holy Grail were filmed at Doune plus the castle features in Sir Walter Scott’s novel, Waverley.
More photographs of the Cunnigham Ancestral Tour can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook.
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